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CD REVIEW: Triakel - Wintersongs
By Ben Ohmart - 08/24/2001 - 06:15 PM EDT

Artist: Triakel
Album: Wintersongs
CD Review: Triakel is a strong trio on the acoustic side of the World music scene. Swedish. This is the second release for

Janne Stromstedt – harmonium
Emma Hardelin – voice
Kjell-Erik Eriksson – fiddle

though it’s easy to believe they’d be further along in their careers with the lenient, flowing technique that floats from their stylishly simple charm. Thoughts of cobblestones, chimneys and iceboxes without plugs come to mind.

Most of the tracks have to do with winter or Christmas. ‘Julvisa i Finnmarken’ or ‘Christmas in the Finnmark’ is a well-wishing waltz that does not bring down the darkness of snow, but employs the smiles of children building snowmen while parents cuddle with cocoa for a few moments.

15 tracks, 46 minutes. While there isn’t much change in the arrangements or the pitch of power (i.e. all tracks have Emma in front, no overdubs, nothing but the 3 player sound in equal proportion throughout), if you get into the crispness of the vocal, the vision of the soft playing (as in the quiet ‘Advent Hymn’ especially), which is easy as hell to do, the cd will make the holiday season greener, more relaxed, infinitely sharper for the memory.

Can you wait for Thanksgiving? Try some today.

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